After Storm, We Shop
Restaurants and malls are filling with consumers who were restocking their pantries, charging their mobile devices, even doing some early holiday shopping. Retailers ranging from Ace Hardware to Nordstrom to Walmart slowly reopened in storm-hit areas. Those selling storm-related supplies are doing well and restocking to cope with another wave of emergency supply customers. Sears, for example, says more than 100 truckloads of generators, chainsaws, wet and dry vacuums, flashlights, batteries and lanterns, along with dehumidifiers, utility and sump pumps are headed east. Sears had 80 stores closed on Tuesday, down from 187 on Monday. The closings spanned Virginia to New Hampshire.